Larrocha, a daughter of Sadler's Wells who has been bred to Mr Prospector once and to Gone West and Kingmambo three times apiece, has now been scanned in foal to Elusive Quality.
She has already proved a successful outcross with the sire line, producing Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Mythical Girl from her 1995 mating with Gone West.
Conceived two years after Mr Prospector's transfer from Florida, while some breeders awaited confirmation that he warranted significantly better mares at a significantly higher fee, Gone West did his bit to silence the doubters.
Gone West, by contrast, was only briefly a runner of note in his second season, taking two Grade 2 mile events before his deceptive victory in the Grade 1 Dwyer Stakes over nine furlongs, when he was allowed an uncontested lead and returned 12 lengths in front.
Gulch has had his moments at stud, and in Thunder Gulch has America's current leading sire, but Gone West has the more consistent overall record, notable mostly for sprinters and milers, though the dearth of genuine stayers in North America helped such as Lassigny and Commendable to notch major victories at a mile and a half.
Gone West did all his racing on dirt, but looked the sort who might have thrived on turf, and virtually throughout his stud career he has appealed to breeders and buyers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Zafonic's marvellous first season in 1992, when he won the Morny, the Salamandre and the Dewhurst, may have led us to expect Gone West to become a regular supplier of precocious speed, but that is by no means his chief characteristic as a sire, and it is worth remembering that he was himself no great shakes as a juvenile.